Gum Disease Treatment – Alhambra CA

Gum disease is fairly common, especially if the patient in concern does not make regular visits to the dentist. One of the most common forms of gum disease is gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when bacterial plaque starts to build up in the gaps between the gum and the teeth. This buildup is called tartar, and although it may only be in small amounts, the bacteria the tartar carries can produce toxins to the body that cause the gums to inflame. If this form of gum disease is not addressed properly, the gaps between the teeth and the gums can become larger.

This is something you really want to avoid because if the tartar buildup is too great it can eventually lead to tooth loss and even bone loss in the jaw. Regular cleanings can help you avoid this situation, but we can also help you if your gum disease is more advanced. We have a number of different non-surgical methods.  As with all of our procedures, these procedures are extremely comfortable. You do not have to fear having to decide between losing your teeth or undergoing painful surgery.

Are Dental Implants for Everyone?

Posted July 1st, 2012 by Dr. Chao and filed in Dental Implants

In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders – such as diabetes or heart disease – or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, contact us today.

Do Dental Implants Really Work?

Dental implants are very beneficial. They can be used as anchors to support a fixed bridge as well as support loose teeth by being splinted to them. But how well do they work? Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.

Mini Denture Implants – Alhambra, CA

How are immediate denture implants placed?
Placement of the implants is accomplished quickly and easily in a process performed in our office, with local anesthesia or light sedation to help make you more comfortable.  A 3D Scan is used to guide implants into precise location at the desired angulation, to ensure accuracy and safety in avoiding vital structures. Using a precise, controlled, minimally invasive surgical technique, Immediate Denture Implants are placed into the jawbone. The heads of the implants protrude from the gum tissue and provide a strong, solid foundation for securing your dentures. This is done the same day as a one-step procedure that involves minimally invasive surgery, no sutures, nor the typical months of healing. You can take advantage of our I.V. sedation during the procedure. We can usually adapt implants to your existing dentures.

Cowards Welcome! All of our services are done with the explicit goal of making your experience as comfortable as possible. You will be amazed at how quickly your anxiety can vanish!    We see this happen every day.

Same Day Dental Implants Alhambra CA

Posted September 27th, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Dental Implants

What are immediate mini denture implants?

Immediate Denture Implants consist of a miniature titanium implant that acts like the root of your tooth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture. The head of the implant is shaped like a ball, and the retaining fixture (housing) acts like a socket that contains a rubber O-ring. The O-ring of the housing snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and holds the denture at a predetermined level of force. When seated, the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.

What causes failure in implants?

Posted June 21st, 2011 by Dr. Chao and filed in Dental Implants

What causes failure in implants?

Failure of an implant is generally related to the lack of osseointegration of the implant, i.e., fusion of the implant with the bone. Failure to osteointegrate leads to loss of the implant within the first year. Subsequent significant loss of bone around the implant in the following years can also lead to loss of the implant.

The one advantage dental implants have over natural teeth is that they are not susceptible to dental caries (cavities). However, a condition called peri-implantitis can occur. Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory condition of the gums and bone around an implant. This condition may result in loss of bone and eventual loss of the implant. The cause of this condition is unknown and may occur in 5% of the cases. Smokers, diabetics, patients with poor oral hygiene, and cases where the gums around the implant are thin are more prone to peri-implantitis.